It happens often. A call for medical aid comes into our dispatch center and someone is suffering cardiac arrest, is not breathing or has collapsed and police are very often first on the scene. We never know who will be the one in need. It could be yourself, your spouse, your parent, a friend or a special loved one.
Estes Park Police officers are in need of a tool to help them save lives of those we love in those crucial first minutes when the heart stops beating the way it should.
EPPD recently asked Quota Club of Estes Park to help them equip all of the police cars with these life-saving AEDs. Quota members are eager to help this fund-raising endeavor and this letter went out to potential donors.
Dear Estes Park;
We are writing to you on behalf of the Estes Park Quota Club Foundation. As you may know, in past years the Quota Club has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to provide ambulances for our community. We are asking you to assist us in raising funds so that we can put AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) in every police vehicle. Currently, our officers share two AEDs, that they essentially check out of the office when they go out on a call. What a wonderful thing it would be if every car were equipped with this lifesaving tool.
Having an AED at hand can indeed save lives. An AED is a portable, easy to use device that measures the heartbeat via sticky pads attached to the chest. The AED will deliver a shock via these pads to restart the heart of a person suffering a cardiac arrest. When cardiac arrest occurs, defibrillation is the only means of restarting the heart and preventing death.
When asked the reason why the Estes Park Police Department needs these AED units for their patrol cars, Captain Rick Life stated, “Quite often, members of our police department are first on scene at an emergency call since our officers are always out patrolling the town. Having the ability to start defibrillation before the ambulance even gets there greatly improves the chances of saving lives.” Captain Life added, “All of our officers are trained First Responders. I have personally seen a person whom I thought had no chance of making it, saved by an AED. This person was unresponsive at the initial call and through the help of the AED, was talking to the ambulance crew on their way into the ambulance. It was amazing and a very happy ending to that situation.”
We know the importance of a quick and early response when someone is having a sudden cardiac arrest emergency. For every minute without treatment, a victim’s rate of survival decreases by 7% to 10%!
Our goal is to raise $25,000 by the first of February. Please join us in our quest to provide a safer community, not only for our residents but for the thousands of guests that come each year to visit our great little town.
Donations are tax-deductible and checks can be made out to Quota of Estes Park, Foundation. Please mail your donation to Quota of Estes Park, P.O. Box 1273, Estes Park, CO 80517.
Thank you for your support of this important project!
Gail Albers & Kris Hazelton
AED Chairpersons, Quota Club of Estes Park
Quota Club is hoping everyone will wish to contribute to this life-saving fund. Even a $5 or $10 or $20 donation can and will make a difference! The goal is to collect the money needed by February of 2018 so the AED units may be purchased and in use by the first of the year. Please consider a donation to help save lives, you never know, the life you save could be your own.
Donations are tax-deductible and checks can be made out to Quota of Estes Park, Foundation
Please mail your donation to Quota of Estes Park, P.O. Box 1273, Estes Park, CO 80517.